[ASC-list] Perth: UWA Science Communication seminar Friday 12 April

Nancy Longnecker nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au
Sun Apr 7 07:40:57 UTC 2013

The University of Western Australia
Science Communication Seminar Series
This Friday 12 April, international science photographer, Joan Costa, talks about his love of taking photographs and how they can be used to effectively communicate a message.

The role of images in communicating scientific research

One of the duties of a researcher is to communicate his work and its results, not only to other researchers or scientific community, but also to general society. Society wants to know more and more which is the final destination of their taxes. Good communication makes people understand and accept the relevance of investing in science and can push governors to dedicate more public funds to this cause. Sometimes important companies sponsor researching projects. One of their major reasons for that is to show that some of their benefits are used to improve society. In this case communication is the key.

For many years, Science has been seen as something strange, unknown, made for anonymous. When talking to people, anybody knows many relevant sportsmen, actors, singers or politicians, but just a few can tell names of important researchers. Most of the times, the reason why science doesn’t appear in mass media is because there’s not a good image associate to it. Many projects are very interesting and important, but as all magazine editors know, if they don’t have quality images, there’s no way to publish them. New technology is helping us to change this. Not only because now digital cameras are more powerful and precises than ever before, but also because we have new software with the capability to show images in a different way and also through internet we can reach to millions of people easily.

Semester 1 - 2013, Fridays 4 - 5pm
at the UWA Centre for Learning and Technology<http://blogspot.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=13668cc7a87872d08c05184a5&id=7255fbb795&e=d9af47ed8c>
Seminar followed by drinks and nibbles

All welcome!

Joan Costa is a Spanish photographer and began his career in 1988. After working for many years in news photography at different newspapers and image agencies he changed to travel photography and has been doing this for ten years. For the past six years, Joan has specialised in science photography. Joan’s images have been published in prestigious newspapers and magazines such as, The New York Times, El País, Geo, Focus and National Geographic. He is the author of photographic books of Belize, New Mexico, Ukraine, Russia and Ibiza. Joan has produced many exhibitions and won numerous awards. He was recently awarded 2nd in the Nature category of World Press Photo 2012 for a zooplankton image of the Malaspina Expedition. Joan Costa is a 2013 Artist-in-Residence. His visit to The University of Western Australia is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies and the UWA Oceans Institute.

Next Week
Catrina Aniere, CEO of Perth-based not-for-profit youth organisation Millennium Kids, talks about their Ten Step Methodology to foster youth engagement in behaviour change projects.

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